Archive for 2007

    Writing to the Windows Event Viewer the Easy Way

    December 21, 2007 10:03 AM

    While working with Hyperic ( I found that to help control the Hyperic alerting, I could write a message to the Windows Event Viewer. LOG4J (, has a built-in appender called NTEventLogAppender. This makes it very simple.

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

    Ubuntu JEOS (Just Enough Operating System)

    November 8, 2007 8:57 PM

    Ubuntu finally released the files for the JEOS version of Linux. More information can be found here in the press release: The download is here:

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

    I Found a Bug in Pocket Excel

    October 23, 2007 2:13 AM

    Now that I am commuting to work via the metra train, I figured it would be useful to have the train schedule on my Treo 700w. I pull out Microsoft Pocket Excel to input the train schedule into a new spread sheet - only to find an annoying bug. I put the times in as strings such as 512 for 512pm. When I put num-lock on for a cell, and then started typing the numbers, the num-lock automatically shut-off after the first number. For example, if I tried to input 512, I would end up with 5er. This happens on every cell and made data entry very painful.

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

    Useful Software Downloads

    October 19, 2007 2:06 AM

    This posting is as much for me as anyone else. I seem to rebuild enough machines that it is helpful to have a list of all my commonly used apps in one place. Applications   Firefox

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

    Apple to open iPhone to developers

    October 18, 2007 3:58 AM

    I just read on Apple Hot News that Apple is going to release a developer SDK for the iPhone in February of 2008. This is great news for the mobile smart phone market as it will lead to some amazing innovation.

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

    Getting Started with Hyperic Custom Auto-Discovery Plug-ins

    October 15, 2007 9:11 PM

    After reading through the documentation on the Hyperic website, I found it easy to get started writing custom scripts for monitoring, but not for writing custom plugins using Java.  This posting will walk you through setting up your development environment and writing a plugin that will be auto-discovered by Hyperic.  I assume that the reader is comfortable with Eclipse IDE, reading & writing Java code, and working with the Hyperic system. You will need to have the Hyperic Agent and Server setup and configured correctly.  Additionally, the Hyperic Agent will need to be unzipped on the local machine.

    posted by Jeff Schwartz

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